Posts made in January, 2015

The Perils of Truck Accidents

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Accidents on the road can affect a lot of people – sometimes entire cities at a time. An accident can cause hours and hours of unanticipated traffic to those who are otherwise not affected. It is infinitely more damaging for those who were actually involved in the accident.

Car accidents can be difficult to deal with enough as it is – but truck accidents are a different ball game entirely. They are similar in many ways but the consequences of one are far, far more catastrophic than the other. A regular vehicle can weigh around 4,000 pounds whereas an eighteen wheeler truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Comparing the havoc they can wreak is like trying to decide who could make more of a mess: Howard the Duck or The Hulk. There is so much more risk involved in a truck accident – making negligence on the guilty party just that much more appalling.

Though, again, these two types of accidents are quite similar and their causes are usually pretty similar. It is just their effects that are markedly different from each other. Drunk driving is a reckless, irresponsible, and criminal act – regardless of whatever it is being driven. According to the website of Williams Kherkher’s 18-wheeler accident lawyers, if a truck driver were to be found under the influence of alcohol that is above the allowable percentage, they can be held liable in not only criminal law but also civil law. There are several federal laws that cater specifically to truck accidents due to the severity of damage that such a large vehicle can cause.

A truck driver is held under enormous pressure – quite literally – for his or her load usually carries important, irreplaceable cargo. Sometimes, the truck carries highly flammable material and could cause further injury should an accident occurs. If a driver is proven to have been under the influence of alcohol or under sleep-suppressants such as methamphetamine, ergo causing an accident to occur on the road, there are some serious consequences on everyone involved.

If a drunk driver has caused a truck accident that has greatly and directly affected you, legal action is advised.

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